By Ray Hamill — A lot of young softball players here on the North Coast are playing the waiting game right now, wondering if they’ll get a season in, and if they do when that might be.
In addition to the nine local high school programs waiting to see what happens, the Mad River Girls Fastpitch Softball Association has also been put on hold.
Last season, 375 girls aged 4 to 16 participated in the recreational league, which normally runs from mid-March to mid-June.
This year, like with every other sport, play has been suspended due to concerns over the Corona Virus.
There is, however, still every reason to believe the season will get played at some stage.
“The schools are out through April 20, so we kind of feel we’re in a holding pattern until then,” association founder and president Kelly Helms said. “We’re just trying to take the info as we get it.”
Helms admits that if they do get a season in, it will be an abbreviated one, but is still hopeful of playing during the summer at the very least.
“We’ve talked about trying to run a summer league,” said Helms, who added it would be difficult to make up the games in the fall due to soccer and other sports played at that time. “We’re going to have to play it by ear.”
The college seasons around the nation have been canceled, while all high school sports remain suspended for now.
And Helms feels particularly bad for the high school seniors in the H-DNL, who may not get to play this year.
“It’s heartbreaking when I think of so many seniors who have been working so hard for this since they were nine,” the long-time local coach said.
The Mad River MIST, a local softball summer travel team program which usually features around five teams, also is waiting to see what sort of a summer schedule they will have.